Categories:Recipes, Seasonal

by Becky Loomis

I like to set the mood for my Father's Day menu planning by putting on my favorite country playlist called “Men Who Sound Like They Can Fix Things”. After that I cut up some early summer fruit from the farmstand and soak it with a bottle of Pinot Grigio. It's a combination that helps me think happy, uncomplicated thoughts. This year as I was settling into my routine it occurred to me -- I don’t know if Blake Shelton is a father, but he has made it okay for tall, handsome truck-driving men to sip sangria, so this year instead of drinking it purely for inspiration, I could pair it with something meaty and make it an official part of the Father’s Day meal.

Categories:Recipes, Seasonal

By Becky Loomis

Don’t get me wrong - I will never turn down a strawberry shortcake made with Nancy Silverton’s all-butter biscuits and real whipped cream. Nonetheless I have a lingering childhood suspicion of fruit passed off as dessert and my preferred use of in-season local strawberries, aside from snacking, is salad.

Here’s one to try, followed by a cocktail recipe. Making salad reminds me of swimsuit season, and suddenly I’m thirsty for something with a tiny umbrella in it.

Categories:Recipes, Seasonal

April 23rd is National Picnic Day, and I know all of my friends will be expecting me to arrive with a basket full of fried chicken and deviled eggs in one hand, and a bottle of Patron-laced kombucha in the other. But I find as much inspiration for my picnics in a Renoir painting, or in a film by his son, as I do in...

Categories:Recipes, Seasonal, Events

By Nancy Hann | Traveling With a Purpose

When planning a trip do you research the restaurants and regional cuisine before booking your flight? Do you love fresh ideas for cooking, entertaining and serving? If so, then this may be just the class for you, whether you’re a Hampton Roads local or merely visiting the area for a few days.